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Cowboys News: More talk about the future of Jason Garrett

Plus, does the Redskins’ quarterback situation favor Dallas?

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Opinion: Jerry Jones says he has ‘a lot to consider’ on Jason Garrett, but Cowboys’ season speaks for itself - Jarrett Bell, USA Today

Jerry Jones has been asked seemingly every day about whether or not he’s going to move on from Jason Garrett after the season, and while he’s never really confirmed anything, it does seem as if the owner/general manager is reaching the end of his rope.

Jones at least seemed resigned to that near-reality during an exclusive interview with USA TODAY Sports, even though he stopped short of definitively declaring that he’s through with Garrett.

“It leaves, from my perspective, a lot to consider here,” Jones said as he sat in the backseat of a luxury SUV at Lincoln Financial Field. “This was a little bit of a surprise. I didn’t see the Chicago Bears game coming (a 31-24 loss in Week 14) and this one was a surprise. I thought we were prepared to play. I thought we could play better out here. I’m disappointed.”

“Right now and frankly, I really haven’t been thinking of that aspect of the Cowboys over this last month,“ Jones insisted. “I know it’s a topic. That hasn’t been a focus. Everybody’s been asking, but it hasn’t been a focus of mine because I should and always have, at 50,000 feet, should be conscious of what’s going on in coaching – not only in the NFL, but in all areas of football.”

DeMarcus Lawrence’s Cowboys assessment is damning for Jason Garrett - Mollie Walker, NY Post

DeMarcus Lawrence has been one of the team’s more vocal leaders recently, and after the loss to the Eagles he gave a pretty clear critique of the team that many have taken to be an indictment of the coaching staff.

“Talent without a direction is nothing at all,” Lawrence said, according to USA Today, which isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement of head coach Jason Garrett.

Garrett, who has served in various coaching roles in Dallas since 2007 and is in his ninth year as the full-time head coach, has been on the hot seat for months. Jones’ comments just affirm that the front office is taking a look at the big picture. Has that been difficult for players to see?

“I mean, it’s hard,” said Lawrence, 27. But “he’s not the only one getting criticized. We’re all getting criticized. It’s a team sport.”

Dallas Cowboys: 4 potential head coaching candidates - Anthony Penna Jr., The Landry Hat

While everyone expects the Cowboys to move on from Jason Garrett after the season ends, the bigger question is who his replacement could be. There are endless lists of candidates, and it seems Jerry Jones could have his pick of a large crop of talent.

Could it be a young offensive-minded talent such as Oklahoma University’s Head Coach Lincoln Riley? Perhaps a more defensive-minded individual like former Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera?

Two other options could come from the likes of former Florida Gators and Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer. Or possibly a more experienced NFL coach such as offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels from the New England Patriots.

All four candidates possess the ability to lead an NFL organization. But only one is potentially worthy of leading this Cowboys team. The Jones family is going to have to take a good hard look at this roster and attempt to pinpoint exactly what was missing during head coach Jason Garrett’s tenure.

Cowboys sign Ray-Ray Armstrong, Wyatt Miller - Charean Williams, NBC Sports

The Cowboys had to place two of their recent starters, Leighton Vander Esch and Xavier S’ua-Filo, on injured reserved on Monday. So on Tuesday they found two players to add to the team as they make one last attempt at reaching the playoffs.

The Cowboys filled their roster spots by signing free agent linebacker Ray-Ray Armstong and signing offensive tackle Wyatt Miller off the Bengals’ practice squad, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

Armstrong, 28, played five games for the Saints this season. New Orleans cut him Oct. 22. In seven seasons, Armstrong has played 83 games with 12 starts. He has made 144 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and five pass breakups.

Miller, 24, has never played in a regular-season game. A rookie out of Central Florida, he spent the preseason with the Jets.

Dallas Cowboys hoping spinal stenosis won’t cut short LB Leighton Vander Esch’s career - Clarence Hill Jr., Star Telegram

Leighton Vander Esch has missed the last few weeks with a neck injury, a reminder of the injury that scared some teams away from him in the draft. Now that he’s undergoing surgery, the Cowboys are hoping this is the last they have to hear about the issue.

On Monday, one day after a devastating 17-9 loss to the Eagles, doctors told Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch that he needed a minimally invasive neck surgery to repair a nerve issue so he can continue playing with spinal stenosis, a curvature of the spine that he has had since birth, sources said.

Vander Esch, the 2018 first-round pick who led the team with 176 tackles and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, has missed the last five games due to a bulging disk. But his problems actually started coming into focus after a stinger he suffered Oct. 20 in a 37-10 victory against the Eagles when he combined on a tackle with safety Jeff Heath.

Vander Esch had been wearing a Cowboys collar on the back of his shoulder pads to prevent his neck from going back, but when he got crunched on the tackle against the Eagles it pushed his head forward into his sternum, causing the stinger that wouldn’t calm down, a source said.

Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins out vs. Cowboys with ankle injury - ESPN Staff

For a moment, it looked like the Redskins were finally on to something as their rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins started to get hot. But an injury sustained in their most recent game means that Case Keenum will start Sunday in a must win game for Dallas.

Haskins, selected 15th overall by the Redskins in this year’s draft, suffered the injury Sunday against the Giants on a sack on the first play of the second half and couldn’t complete the game, which the Redskins lost 41-35 in overtime. Callahan said he anticipated Haskins needing several weeks to heal.

This Sunday’s game is a meaningful one for the Cowboys, who will win the NFC East if they defeat Washington and the Philadelphia Eagles lose on the road to the New York Giants.

Veteran Case Keenum will start at quarterback for the Redskins with Haskins sidelined. Colt McCoy will be the backup.

Through last week’s high and this week’s low, Kai Forbath’s kicking has been a constant for Cowboys - Michael Gehlken, Dallas Morning News

It’s now been two games since the Cowboys moved on from Brett Maher and picked up journeyman Kai Forbath, and the new kicker has yet to miss. He also served as the only player to score any points on Sunday.

Kai Forbath joined the Cowboys this month just in time to ride an emotional team high with their blowout win over the Los Angeles Rams. On Sunday, he experienced a locker-room low room following their loss in Philadelphia.

Between that swing, Forbath has been a constant. He converted all three of his field-goal attempts for a second week in a row. He also improved on his kickoffs, altogether demonstrating the sort of consistency that has been sorely lacking at the position in 2019.

Forbath twice converted from 49 yards and once from 32. “I made some field goals, but it wasn’t enough,” he said. “I’m happy with how I kicked, but it still sucks losing. It’s been fun seeing these guys fight. We just didn’t get it done.”

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